A CASE FOR REGULATING LOBBYING IN INDIA
‘Lobbying’ originates from the word ‘lobby’, where interest groups would meet parliamentarians before, after or in between parliamentary sessions to pitch their side of the argument or push for policies that will benefit their interest group. But unfortunately in India, the word is largely misunderstood and is often perceived as buying policy. It is considered taboo in corporate circles, and is replaced with benign phrases such as ‘government communications management’.
In this article, Archit Puri, Nicole Almeida and Aayush Makharia, argues for the recognition and regulation of lobbying India. The authors claim that with the right regulations, based on the tenets of transparency and accountability, lobbying can be a means for India to move towards more participatory democracy.
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BLOCK THE DATE: LAUNCH OF THE STREET VENDOR ACT COMPLIANCE INDEX (SVAC INDEX) 2016-17
From Tagore's Kabuliwala, to the corner-side momo shop that we all frequent, street vendors have always played an endearing yet dis-empowered role within the economic landscape of India. Being largely left outside of the legal framework, these grassroots entrepreneurs have always had to conduct their businesses in constant fear of municipal authorities and the police.
Published by Centre for Civil Society and authored by Advocate Prashant Narang and Dr. Yugank Goyal, the SVAC Index rates and ranks all states based on compliance with the Street Vendors (Protection of Livelihood and Regulation of Street Vending) Act, 2014. By providing such a platform, we hope to draw the attention of the Government and other stakeholders in ensuring complete implementation of the act, and empower millions of street vendors across the nation.
Date: 12 April 2017
Time: 3-5 PM
Venue: Constitution Club, New Delhi
Keynote Speaker: Shri Shashi Tharoor
The launch event will have a panel discussion followed by the launch of the Index.
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APPLICATIONS FOR THE 17th EDITION OF
RESEARCHING REALITY INTERNSHIP ARE OPEN!
'Researching Reality Internship' is a 6 week long intensive program focused on exploring the theory and practice of existing policy directives in an urban context. The internship is ideal for applicants who wish to apply social and economic principles to current policy issues through in-depth research and analysis. It provides training in areas of quantitative and qualitative research, methodology, data analysis, and critical thinking.
The selected candidates will get to study various agencies, boards, corporations, departments, schemes, legislation, and programs of the different tiers of government; evaluating existing systems both domestic and international, viewing benchmarks and best practices to recommend sustainable and long-term policy improvements in the functioning of government structures.
Deadline for Applications: 30 April 2017
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THE "SHORTAGES" ECONOMY OF THE PAST: BIBEK DEBROY
Liberalisation reforms of 1991 have been one of the most significant moments in India's economic history, and arguably one that set India on the path to prosperity. With India's GDP growing at nearly double-digit rates over the last the two decades, lifting hundreds of millions out of poverty in the process, the scrapping of the "License Raj" regulations have proved to be immensely beneficial to both entrepreneurs and the aam aadmi alike.
In an effort to let the youth of today understand the impact of liberalisation, we started the “IndiaBefore91” initiative in which prominent industrials and public intellectuals speak about life before and after the 1991 reforms. In this video, Mr Bibek Debroy, a member of NITI Aayog and Professor at Centre for Policy Research (New Delhi), brings to our notice the big leap that the Indian consumer durables industry has taken. He shares interesting anecdotes relating to a successful telephone installation, a feat he achieved in India before 1991.
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